American film actor Wesley Cook Bentley was born on September 4, 1978 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He studied at Sylvan Hills High School and attended the Juilliard School’s Drama Division in New York City. His interest in acting developed when he did improvisational comedy, and even crated an Improv group with his brother, Partick, and two close friends. In 1996, he won first place in a solo acting competition in Arkansas. He also won several poetry and prose readings in his hometown. He has also played a part in the Weekend Theatre’s production of La Cage aux Folles. During his stay at Juilliard’s, he was cast in plays like Henry IV, Part 1 and The Weavers.
In1995, Wes Bentley was cast as Lonnie in Serendipity Lane. He was then given roles in Three Below Zero and Beloved, both in 1998. A year later, he played the role of Ricky Fitts in the widely acclaimed American Beauty. This was followed by playing the title role in The White River Kid. During the 2000s, he appeared in several other movies. One of these is the Western drama The Claim. He was also cast as Matt in 2001’s Soul Survivors. The next year, he was given the lead role in The Four Feathers, a war drama about a British officer. In 2005, he was cast in The Game of Our Lives.
Bentley was given roles in four movies released in 2007, the crime drama Weirdsville with Scott Speedman as well as in the film adaptation of Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage. He was also the lead role in the thriller The Ungodly, and played Thomas in the horror film P2. In 2008, he appeared in the romantic comedy The Last Word, as well as in Edgar Allan Poe’s Ligeia as the lead character Jonathan.